Nuts Badge

(Discover Agriculture)

By Doreen Olson


This badge is about the cultivation of tree nuts.  It does not cover other ‘nuts’ such as peanuts, soy “nuts”,  chufa nuts or seeds.



(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement as well as those listed at the end of the badge.)


Penguin:  Do three requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.* Identify by a leaf or photograph of a leaf, an unshelled nut and the nut meat, three different kinds of nuts.  This can be repeated for another requirement.


_____ 2.*  Try two different kinds of nuts. How are they different? How are they the same?



Otter:  Do four requirements including the 2 starred.


_____ 1.*  Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.


_____ 2.*  Learn to crack and shell at least 2 different types of nuts.  Use the nuts in cooking or give them to someone as a gift.



Dolphins:  Choose five requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.*  Do Otter requirements # 1 & 2, but be able to identify 4 kinds of nuts. This can be repeated for another requirement.  Spend at least ½ an hour cracking and shelling nuts of three kinds.  Use the nuts in cooking or give them to someone as a gift.


_____ 2.*  Make a trail mix with at least 3 different types of nuts along with other nutritious items such seeds or dried fruit.



Butterflies:  Choose six requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.*  Do Dolphin requirements #1 & 2, but be able to identify 5 different nuts. Be able to point out the general shape of each type of tree.  This can be repeated for another requirement.

_____2.*  Get a blank world map.  Label the three highest-producing countries for the nuts you studied in requirement #1. Find out which countries export the most of your chosen nuts.



Eagles:  Choose seven requirements including the two starred.


_____ 1.*  Do Butterfly #1and 2, except identify six kinds of nuts.  Know the average height of the trees also. This can be repeated for another requirement.


_____ 2.*  Tour a nut tree farm or processing plant (a virtual tour is fine too with parent’s permission), or read a book on nut processing.



Owl:  Do 9 requirements including the 2 starred:

_____ 1. *  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2

_____ 2. *  Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone.   You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge.   If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.


Optional requirements:


_____ 3.  Make something using nuts and give it as a gift to someone else.  Examples might be cookies with walnuts donated to your local fire fighters  or police officers;  homemade almond butter to give to shut ins;  a craft project given to a nursing home.


_____ 4.  Choose one type of nut (Dolphins and Butterflies choose two, Eagles and Owls choose three) and find out where it grows best;  where it came from originally; what farmers need to do to help this kind of tree and how to tell when it is time to harvest the nuts.


_____ 5.  For whatever nut(s) you chose for #4, find out what kind of pests affect the nut, what beneficial insects like this nut and how easy it is to grow organically.


_____ 6.  Host a Nut Party and use nuts for the décor, food and the games.


_____ 7.  Study the economics of nut tree farms.  What are the start-up costs and hoped-for income?  Do the farmers need to hire a lot of help?  What expenses are there besides the trees and water?


_____ 8.  Learn about the hand tools and machinery that nut tree farmers use.  What safety precautions do they take around their machines?


_____ 9.  Learn about the nutrition of the nuts you studied in #1.  Find out how much fat, protein, and vitamins they have. Are there any other health claims made about your chosen nuts?  What studies support those claims?


_____ 10.  With appropriate help if needed, prepare 1 recipe (2 for Otters, 3 for Dolphins, 4 for Butterflies and Eagles, and 5 for Owls) that use nuts.  Use at least two kinds of nuts.


_____ 11.  Learn the history of the processing and use of nuts in general and at least one of the nuts you studied in #1.


_____ 12. Learn about some of the more unconventional ways to eat nuts.  Try at least one of the following:  make nut milk, make nut butter, make nut meal and use it in baking, prepare a dish that uses nuts instead of meat for the protein.  What types of people would be most likely to use the above items on a regular basis?


_____ 13.  Make a craft out of nuts or nut shells.